Department of Rheumatology
The Department of Rheumatology, earlier functional as a Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology division under Department of Medicine was established as a separate superspeciality department on 7 August 2015. Prof. (Dr.) Uma Kumar is the founder Head of this department. Currently, department has five faculty members including Prof. Uma Kumar, four senior residents, two junior residents (non-academic). The department is providing outpatient services, state of the art6 bed Rheumatology Day Care facility forintravenous infusions (biological agent, chemotherapeutic drugs & steroid pulse), interventions (joint injections, various biopsies) and musculoskeletal ultrasound. The department has a fully functional Clinical Immunology laboratory where investigations for immunological and rheumatological diseases are done. 43000 blood samples were analyzed in the year 2015-2016.
The department has made significant progress since its inception. The department has provided high quality outpatient services to nearly 40000 patients in last one year. Patients with wide array of diseases ranging from various forms of inflammatory arthritis like rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythmatosus, scleroderma,vasculitis, inflammatory myositisetc.attend outpatient clinic.
The department is actively involved in creation of public awareness about the rheumatological diseases. Various public health lectures, hand booklets and audio/video programmes are conducted every year explaining to the patients about the diseases and its management. In addition, department frequently organizes CMEs,and Updates.